Kiss of the Spider Woman
was released in 1985 and starred William Hurt as Louis
Molina and Raul Julia as Valentin Arregui. The movie
received positive reviews on its release (even Roger
Ebert gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars). It received a number
of Academy Award nominations, and the Best Actor award
went to William Hurt.
This movie is basically a
character study of two prisoners in a Brazilian jail who
are very much opposites. Valentin (Raul Julia) is a
political prisoner, and Louis Molina (Hurt) is a
homosexual pedophile. In order to help pass the time
and comfort Valentin, Molina tells Valentin stories, and
the two become unlikely friends. In reality, however,
Molina is spying on Valentin for the Brazilian secret
police, in the hopes that Valentin might give up
information on the whereabouts of the revolutionary’s
headquarters. In return, Molina is promised parole.
As the movie rolls on,
Molina falls in love with Valentin, and it does not go
unrequited. In the end, Molina does get information
from Valentin, but it ultimately results in Molina’s
violent death. Valentin, however, remains in prison as
his torture continues.